by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. spoiled the party for the Ford teams after powering his way to the pole for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 in Thursday night's qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex, Jr. posted a winning lap of 192.328 mph to bump last weeks All Star Race winner Joey Logano and earn his second pole of the season and his first ever at Charlotte. Logano held on for second, while Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. qualified third. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced new changes to the aerodynamic rules package for upcoming races at Kentucky Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. The new modifications are in addition to the new package that was introduced for this season, and is likely a preview the rules package that NASCAR is working on for the 2017 season, intended to reduce downforce and increase competition on the track.
NASCAR Two phenomenally successful contemporary car owners, a champion driver-turned-beloved-broadcaster, a driver with a prolific winning history and the man described as NASCAR racing's "original car owner" are the newly elected members of the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France introduced the new inductees on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, calling this group of five perhaps "the greatest class yet."
by Pete McCole If there was a theme to Saturday night's All Star Race, it was "I don't know what's going on", as confusion and questions regarding the new format left drivers and fans alike wondering exactly what happened to turn the race from what was a simple three-segment race into a bona fide mess.
Full Moon Fever was in full effect in Saturday night's 32nd running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race, as Joey Logano came out on top in a race that was both thrilling and confusion and left a lot of people scratching their heads. Logano got past Kyle Larson with two laps to go to score his first-career All Star Race victory, bringing home a $1million-dollar payday and denying Larson the chance to become the fourth driver to win the all-star event after racing their way into the field.
NASCAR Truck Series at Charlotte Matt Crafton had a lot to overcome on Saturday - a 17th-place starting position and a difficult pit stall that cost him dearly in the early stages of Saturday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But after 134 laps, Crafton was 5.748 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Busch, winning the race and extending his series lead to 12 points over seventh-place finisher Timothy Peters. In fact, the two-time champion won consecutive races for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, going back-to-back in successive weeks at Dover and Charlotte.
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Sprint All Star race has produced many memorable moments in its 31-year history, from sheet-metal grinding crashes to bench-clearing pit crew brawls to miracle finishes that have all served to make the All Star Race one of the most storied events in all of NASCAR. For the 17th-running of the event, Mother Nature helped set the stage for one of the most unlikely victories in NASCAR history.
Bayne, Biffle, Larson Win To Advance To All Star Race
by Pete McCole Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson advanced to the 32nd running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star race after winning segments in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Bayne won the opening segment while Biffle took the checkered flag in the second segment. Larson won the final 10-lap dash in a thrilling finish over Chase Elliott, who also advanced after winning the Sprint Fan Vote along with Danica Patrick.
by Pete McCole By its very nature as a non-points event, the NASCAR All Star Race allows teams a golden opportunity to test out new ideas without putting their whole season on the line. With nothing to lose, teams sometimes roll into the all-star race with a new chassis setup, or a new engine package, sometimes even a new driver. And for that reason, some teams will occasionally go for the Hail Mary play - bringing something to the table that, if it works, could change everything.
NASCAR Denny Hamlin currently holds the title of 'reigning champion' for two of NASCAR's most prestigious races: the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Come Saturday night, he will look to continue the strangle hold on one of them, attempting to capture a second consecutive win in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
by Pete McCole For the better part of 30 years, the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race has been a showcase of the best NASCAR has to offer - the best drivers, the best out crews, the best teams - battling it out for the privilege of being the best of the best. Making into the field for the race meant you were a star in the sport - among the best 20 stock car drivers in the country, but winning the All Star Race made you a legend. And for drivers who never thought they'd even have a shot at making the All Star Race, winning the all-star event changed their careers forever.
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